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Irish Pub fundraiser aids wounded soldiers

A fundraiser to benefit soldiers in the polytrauma brain injury unit at James A. Haley VA Medical Center is from 6 to 9 p.m. today at O' Brien's Irish Pub & Grill, 701 W Lumsden Road. A $10 donation includes free beer and appetizers. For more information, call Giselle Hollister at (813) 335-4555.

Junior Woman's Club collecting for troops

The Brandon Junior Woman's Club is collecting supplies for troops through Feb. 18 at four drop-off locations: Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, 3234 S Miller Road, Valrico; 1370 Oakfield Drive, Brandon; Berg & Wheeler Law Firm, 217 E Robertson St., Brandon; and Pottery Patch, 2551 SR 60 E, Valrico. For more information and a list of needed items, call Donna at (813) 244-4758.

Academy seeks kids for 'Glee' groups

The Florida Academy of the Performing Arts, 402 Oakfield Drive, seeks children and teens for its Glee song and dance groups. The groups perform at venues such as state fairs and Disney World. Visit for registration and information.

Mommy & Me classes Tuesdays, Wednesdays

The Dance Center, 161 E Bloomingdale Ave., offers Mommy & Me classes from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Tuition is $30 per month. To register, call (813) 684-4282 or visit for more information.

Brandon Ballet seeks donations for sale

The Brandon Ballet needs donations of gently used clothing, household items, toys, games and other treasures for its garage sale scheduled for March 4. Drop small items off at the studio, 161 E Bloomingdale Ave. For pickup, call Victoria at (813) 651-3075.


Class is for divorcing parents with minors

Hillsborough County's Extension Office offers the one-day Parenting and Divorce Class for divorcing parents who have minor children. The class fulfills court-ordered requirements. Parents must register individually and may not attend the same session without prior permission. The next class is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. There is a $25 registration fee. For more information, call Diana Converse, family life educator, at (813) 744-5519, ext. 140.

Get financial planning help for retirement

A series of classes on how to prepare financially for retirement begins Feb. 8 at the Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. Participants must register by Jan. 31. The cost is $15 for three Tuesday night classes. For more information, call Lisa Leslie at (813) 744-5519.

Sun City Center

Audition if you 'ought to be in pictures'

The Performing Arts Club of Sun City Center holds auditions for its spring production of the Neil Simon comedy I Ought to Be In Pictures at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Rollins Theater in Sun City Center. The call is for three principal characters: a middle-aged man, a middle-aged woman and a younger woman. For additional information and directions to the theater, call (813) 746-1222 or e-mail

Sun City Rotary needs help packaging food

Rotary seeks 300 volunteers to help package food for the Kids Against Hunger program. They will meet from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Borini Theater in Kings Point. Activity involves pouring ingredients into plastic bags, sealing and boxing the bags. No heavy lifting is required. For more information, call Denny Hanson at (813) 633-7733.

Concert will benefit Mary Martha House

The Performing Arts Club of Sun City Center presents The Best of Sun City Center, a concert to benefit Mary Martha House, at 3 and 7 p.m. Jan. 29. For more information, call (813) 642-0606.

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